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Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest open to 4th graders

The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library, is hosting its annual “Statehood Day Essay Contest.”

In celebration of Hoosier roots and the upcoming 200th birthday as a state, this year’s theme is “Bicentennial Heroes.”

All Indiana fourth grade public, private or homeschooled students are encouraged to submit an essay answering the question, “Who is a Hoosier Bicentennial Hero to you?” The deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 25.

Winners, along with their classmates, will be honored at the 197th Statehood Day celebration on December 11 in downtown Indianapolis.

In addition, fourth grade classes are invited to spend Statehood Day in Indianapolis. Fun and educational events will be held throughout the capitol, including special guest speakers from state government.

The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private or homeschooled student. Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed. Essays should be submitted on the front of one page whenever possible.

No identifying information should be on the front of the entry. Identifying information including the student’s name, teacher’s name, school’s name, address, telephone number, and a valid email address for the teacher or individual, must be included. Entries without this information will be deemed ineligible. Entries are accepted from schools or individuals.

Essays should be reflective of the theme and convey clear thoughts about Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. The judges will be accepting a broad interpretation of the theme. Indiana is about to turn 200. Who is a Hoosier Bicentennial Hero to you?

Essays must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Essays should be mailed to: Indiana Center for the Book, c/o Suzanne Walker, 
140 N. Senate Ave., 
Indianapolis, IN 46204.

A panel of judges will choose first, second, third, and fourth place winners.